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Weekly Bulletin 9/9/18

Dear Parishioner,

As most of you know, Amazon is changing the face of retail purchases in our country. Originally a website that sold books and music, Amazon now sells almost any retail item available for home or personal use.

Today I would like to encourage you to use AmazonSmile the next time you buy from Amazon, in order to help our Parish Endowment Fund in its mission to assist the religious, educational and charitable ministries within our parish community.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that allows shoppers to enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices and conveniences available through Amazon.com. The difference is that when you set up an AmazonSmile account and designate the St. Noel Endowment Fund as your charity of choice, the Amazon Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Endowment Fund.

Setting up an account is easy:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com.
  2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials.
  3. Select St. Noel Endowment Fund as your charity.
  4. Start shopping!

Once you select the St. Noel Endowment Fund as your charity, the only thing you need to remember is to make your future purchases through smile.amazon.com, not Amazon.com.

I hope you will choose to use AmazonSmile as a way to support St. Noel.

Fr. George Smiga

USHERS NEEDED – We are in need of additional ushers for the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Your commitment would be once a month. If interested, contact the parish office at 440-946-0887.

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN – The Diocese of Cleveland’s “Protecting God’s Children” program is a continuing effort to instruct and inform everyone about the protection of children from sexual abuse. To report any past or present suspected inappropriate behavior toward children by priests, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers, or personnel associated with the Church, please contact the Diocesan Response Service office at 216-334-2999 or via e-mail at [email protected]. Reports of suspected abuse will be made to the county children’s service agency or a municipal police department or county sheriff’s office where the child resides or where the abuse is believed to have occurred. See www.clevelandchildprotection.org for the link to the listing of the names and telephone numbers of the children’s service agency in each of the eight counties of our Diocese, along with additional information about safe environment programs and procedures.

ALL PARISHIONERS OF ST. NOEL are invited to join us on September 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center’s Large Hall, to express your thoughts, pose questions, and support one another as we seek to cope with the current crisis unfolding within the Catholic Church.

BOUNDLESS COMPASSION DISCUSSION GROUPS – Parishioner Emma Krueger is leading a six-week discussion based on Joyce Rupp’s reflection book, “Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life.” Buy your own book and sign up for the Friday group (begins September 14, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.) or the Tuesday group (begins September 18, 6:30 -8:00 p.m.). Register by signing up on the kiosk or by contacting Michele ([email protected]). Not sure what to expect? You can call Michele (440-946-1128, x121) or Emma (440-391-0045).

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION – Our first family session is next Sunday, September 16th. Join us after the 11:00 a.m. Mass (about 12:15 p.m.) in the Banquet Center Small Hall for a light lunch and an introduction to each other and our year. The whole family is welcome, and the Playroom will be available for little ones. We’ll finish by 1:30 pm. If you have not done so yet, please be sure to contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, ext. 121) if you plan for your child to prepare for First Communion this year.

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – This program for children ages 3-5 and Kindergarten happens during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. A calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Three year olds and those new to the program can attend an orientation session on Sunday, September 23rd in the Lower Level. The full group begins on Sunday, September 30th. Please turn in or mail in your registration form and payment so that we can count you in for this year. Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x121).

CALLL – This program for children in Grades 1-5 begins on Wednesday, September 19th with a family evening. Join us from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center Small Hall. At least one adult should plan to attend. A CALLL calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Please turn in or mail in your registration form and payment so that we can count you in for this year. Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x121).

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION – begins with your choice of evenings: Wednesday, September 19th (6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center Small Hall) OR Sunday, September 23rd (6:00-7:30 p.m.) in the Lower Level. An FFF calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Please turn in or mail in your registration form and payment so that we can count you in for this year. Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x121).

YOUTH MINISTRY KICK-OFF – If you are in grades 6-12, you are invited to our Youth Ministry Kickoff at the pavilion at Coulby Park (28730 Ridge Rd. Wickliffe 44092). We will be having a picnic and bean bag toss competition on Sunday, September 16th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Kaitlin at [email protected] or 440-946-1128 ext.120. I am in need of a couple more cornhole board sets for the picnic. Please let me know if I can borrow your set. Thank you!

UPCOMING CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES (FALL 2019) – A letter with information about Confirmation preparation was mailed to current ninth graders. When you receive your letter, please be sure to promptly reply as instructed. If you are expecting to prepare for Confirmation and did not receive a letter, please contact Kaitlin (440-946-1128, ext.120). On Sunday, September 23rd, upcoming candidates will be acknowledged at the 11:00 a.m. Mass in a Rite of Affirmation to begin their journey toward Confirmation next fall. Lunch and a brief Family Meeting will follow from 12:15-1:30 p.m.  We will discuss the format for preparation, qualifications for sponsors, and requirements to be confirmed. Please email Kaitlin at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT All current sophomores who are currently finishing the process of preparation for Confirmation are required to attend a Confirmation Retreat on Sunday, September 30th from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. This retreat is designed for the candidates, and sponsors should not attend. Contact Kaitlin with questions or concerns, [email protected] or 44-946-1128, ext. 120.

OPEN CHOIR REHEARSAL – All parishioners are invited to come and see how our St. Noel Church Choir prepares music for our Masses and concerts. Join us in our open rehearsal on Thursday, September 20th, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Then stay for cheese, crackers, wine and conversation with our singers. Bring a spouse or a friend if you can. Please confirm your visit by September 17th by emailing Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek, Director of Music Ministry, at [email protected] or by calling the parish office at 440-946-0887.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the first of two Pancake Breakfasts whose proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry. This will take place on Sunday, October 7th, from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Tickets are not required, and a freewill donation will be accepted. Spread the news!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST -Teens, middle schoolers, and parents please consider volunteering to work a shift at the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 7th. Please fill out volunteer form (in kiosk) with your availability and return to Kaitlin. You may also email your preference for shifts to [email protected].

HEAD FOR THE CURE 5K WALK/RUN – Do you know someone who is suffering from brain cancer? Do you like to support causes through walking or running? St. Noel’s Youth Ministry will be joining together as a team to participate in the Head for the Cure 5K walk/run on Saturday, October 6th at Edgewater Park. The mission for this organization is to raise awareness and funding for brain cancer research. Middle schoolers and teens (grades 6-12) can register individually or with their families to participate. Let’s come together to support a great cause! Contact Kaitlin at [email protected] for more details on registration.

JAIL MINISTERS – Members of St. Noel, along with other Catholic parishes, lead communion services every Sunday at the Lake County jail. We are looking for new people interested in this meaningful ministry. Call Anthony to learn more (440-946-1128 x122).

N2N RESOURCE ROOM – The Neighbor to Neighbor Meal offers a resource room at each meal.  Professionals from the community are available to consult with neighbors, free of charge.  We are looking for nurses, doctors, and lawyers to volunteer their time occasionally in the Resource Room. Please contact Anthony to learn more (440-946-1128 x122).  

WINTER COAT/JACKETS NEEDED – the Neighbor to Neighbor Resource Room will offer coats & jackets beginning in October. Any gently used or new items can be dropped off at the parish office or in the clothing bin outside the food pantry.

FOOD PANTRY THANK YOU – to Luke Fullerman for donating 125 items to the pantry. For his 7th birthday, Luke asked that, instead of gifts, people bring nonperishable food to the party. It was a great success!! See more of the story on our webpage, and great job, Luke!!

DISTRICT MINISTRY CONFERENCE – The Lake/Geauga district of Catholic parishes is hosting its 4th annual ministry conference from 9 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th at St. Gabriel Parish in Concord, OH.  Bishop Perez will offer the keynote address, and workshops are available for anyone involved in parish ministry.  The conference aims at developing discipleship and our commitment to live as followers of Jesus. You can learn more about the conference at: http://www.st-gabriel.org/lake-geauga-district.html.  If interested in attending, please call Anthony at the parish; St. Noel will cover your cost.  The conference will be great for both professional ministers and those who serve as volunteers.  Please consider joining us.

endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. When is the last time you looked at who the beneficiaries are on your life insurance, IRA or other accounts? It’s time to take a look, update if necessary. When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.

NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On September 13th, Bingo & Bake. On September 20th, Luncheon & Bingo. Luncheon Menu: Cavatelli & meatballs, sausage, salad, French Bread and dessert. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is September 17th. Contact Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. On September 27th, Bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket.  Everyone is welcome!

NEWMAN FOUNDATION – Catholic college students at secular campuses in the Diocese of Cleveland are supported in their faith through the Newman Foundation of Northern Ohio. The foundation’s annual fundraiser dinner is Friday, October 5th at St. Michael Woodside in Broadview Hts. Tickets are $45. Contact Anthony for more information on this important organization in the diocese.

BOOK FEES – St. Mary Church in Painesville is working with a young lady, a US citizen, whose mom was recently deported.  She is the first in her family to enroll in college (Notre Dame College of Ohio) and is in need of financial assistance with books & fees.  If you are interested in helping, please call Anthony (440-946-1128 x122) and/or make a donation to the Social Justice Fund. This work of mercy is a concrete way to help those impacted by our current immigration policies.

ALL SOULS CEMETERY – The Catholic Cemeteries Association invites you to attend a 1-hour pre-planning seminar on Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 p.m. at All Souls Cemetery, 10366 Chardon Rd., Chardon. RSVP at 216-641-7575, ext. 4.

WILLOUGHBY HILLS CITY COUNCIL – invites you to join us for Town Hall meetings on Thursdays September 13th and 27th & October 11th and 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall to discuss and answer questions regarding the Charter Amendments on the November 6th Ballot.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Celebrate National Grandparents Day on September 9th by attending the Grandparents Day Pancake Breakfast at the Mentor Senior Center, 8484 Munson Road, Mentor from 9 a.m. to Noon hosted by the Support Our Seniors Committee. The event will feature live accordion music, a Chinese auction and delicious pancakes and sausage. Fun for all ages! Tickets are available at the door for $10.

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